In a major setback to the former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the Supreme Court has refused to hear his anticipatory bail plea. The court said that if an investigating agency investigates against an accused and arrests him, then his anticipatory bail application automatically becomes null. If you want bail then go to the appropriate court for that. Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI from his residence on August 21 in the INX Media corruption case. Besides the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate is also investigating the case.
Earlier, during the hearing of Chidambaram’s plea in the Supreme Court, Kapil Sibal said in the court that I did not get a chance. If the process goes like this, how will it work? On which the court told him that he can file a separate application regarding the process. Sibal said that it is a matter of fundamental right. I have the right of hearing under the law.
Earlier, the trial could not start due to non-listing of the petition. Chidambaram’s counsel Kapil Sibal said before the Supreme Court that despite the court’s order, the petition challenging P. Chidambaram’s remand order of CBI was not listed for hearing today. To which the court said that the registry would have to do the necessary work to list the case in this regard.
The bench told Sibal that his petition would be listed for hearing after getting the necessary orders from the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi to the registry. The bench said to Sibal, “The registry is facing some problems and we have to take orders from the Chief Justice.”
The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is investigating the INX Media case separately, has made several serious allegations against Chidambaram by giving an affidavit in the Supreme Court. If sources are to be believed, the ED will also tell the Supreme Court that Chidambaram did not cooperate in the earlier interrogation, so he needs to be taken into custody.
The Supreme Court on Friday relieved Chidambaram from arrest till Monday in the money laundering case. The bench had on Monday directed to list all the three cases along with seeking answers from the Enforcement Directorate in the matter.
Earlier, Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI on the night of August 21, after the Supreme Court refused to hear the petition on August 20 and 21 on a petition challenging the High Court’s decision. On 22 August, he was produced in a lower court from where he was remanded to four-day CBI custody.
The custody of P. Chidambaram, which the CBI received till August 26, ends today. For this reason, this afternoon he will be produced in Rouse Avenue court. Where the CBI can seek his further custody. If not, they will be sent to judicial jail. At the same time, his lawyer can file a bail application there on which the court will decide whether Chidambaram should get relief or not.